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Man allegedly damages wife's vehicle, gets three charges

Friday, June 13, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

SAULT STE MARIE
POLICE SERVICE

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On June 12, 2014 city police responded to a domestic related incident in the west end of the city.

It is alleged that the accused, age 69, threatened to do damage to his wife’s vehicle.

The accused is a prohibited driver and it is alleged that he drove his 2005 half ton truck on a west end street and bumped his truck into his wife’s car.

Police found a .22 caliber rifle unsafely stored in the basement of the residence.

The accused was arrested for threatening to damage property, driving while prohibited and unsafe storage of a firearm.

The accused will appear in bail court on June 13, 2014 at 10 a.m.

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help me 6/13/2014 8:51:06 AM Report

he is not only dangerous but he was also having a senior moment
ontorajoe 6/13/2014 8:58:55 AM Report

A 22 in his basement. Watch out folks, Lucky they didn't find his boyhood slingshot in an old cardboard box under the basement couch. Then he would be up Sh*tcreek. What did the 22 have to do with the incident. Duh police.
irishfey 6/13/2014 9:13:56 AM Report

ontorajoe...Idiot!! If the guy is that unstable to ram his Wifes car out of anger,just what do you think he would do with the gun??.. It's people like him that shouldn't own guns!!
Oreo cookie 6/13/2014 10:02:23 AM Report

The fact that he didn't run for his "heavy artillery" shows how mentally stable he actually is. The anti gun crowd is what's unstable, anybody who thinks the crime rate will go down just because of ridiculous firearms regulation is lacking something upstairs. Sounds like our cops took lessons from the RCMP in High River Alberta. This guy chose to bang up his wife's car, that he probably paid for, instead of stealing a bunch of high-tec surveillance equipment to spy on her...only someone with connections to law enforcement could pull that off.
Number One Son 6/13/2014 12:03:44 PM Report

@irishfey, .... you shouldn't own a computer.
Hunter101 6/13/2014 12:14:52 PM Report

So he lost it one time.

He didn't use the gun to harm anyone so like mentioned above, that is proof he won't be using it to do any harm to anyone. He's also 69.... if he hasn't shot someone yet he probably won't be shooting anyone in his golden years.

I have a problem with people who think a .22 is a toy though. A .22 is just ans dangerous as any other gun. Don't liken it to a slingshot or BB gun. It is a weapon which is responsible for the most deaths in our city. Talk to any firearms expert.

Unsafely stored... Anyone who knows anything about the Firearms Act knows that police lay charges first and ask questions later. Police do not know the firearms act well and a charge for unsafe storage may not be warranted. They just don't care and lay the charge no matter what.

If you have your rifle in your closet with a trigger lock, that IS legal. However, I am willing to be if you get some idiot cop who doesn;t know the law, you'll get charged.
sootodayreader 6/13/2014 12:20:55 PM Report

He was mad because he caught his wife in bed with his 91 year old neighbor
donnieboy 6/13/2014 1:33:41 PM Report

I don't like the gun laws either but don't dis the police for enforcing the law. White trash = cop hater.
Frio 6/13/2014 1:39:12 PM Report

He is prohibited from driving, shows no respect for laws that go with the privilege of driving but he still thinks he is entitled to get in his truck and use it as weapon to smash into his wifes car. Obviously not the first time he has been "unstable" and made questionable decisions that attracted police attention. Nothing about his behaviour says he should still have a truck, a gun or a wife.
wandering 6/13/2014 1:52:39 PM Report

More and more nut case here in this town
wandering 6/13/2014 1:52:40 PM Report

More and more nut case here in this town
turnupthenight 6/13/2014 2:06:59 PM Report

Why are there so many stories of male violence? Maybe the Grey Hounds or pickup truck parts stores should hold an anger management workshop where upon completion the participants get some vouchers? In the meanwhile, the highschools need to create anger management and healthy realtionships courses mandatory for teens so they do not end up this way. Sad.
watchingfrom afar 6/13/2014 2:12:10 PM Report

69? He should be charged with "assault with a dead weapon"
irishfey 6/13/2014 3:41:03 PM Report

Oreo.. You're talking to the wrong cookie. I am not antigun! I own a few myself, but anyone that has anger issues should't have a gun handy in a closet! I don't care how old the guy was, his next fit of anger could have been with the gun. Who would want to take a chance on that??.. NO. One Son... It was my No. One Son that gave me my computer.. talk to him about it :)
irishfey 6/13/2014 3:48:07 PM Report

HUNTER 101.. Shame on you... I know you're all for having guns as I am, but this guy was unstable at that time... 69 or not,, even the eldery can lose control at times and the fact that he banged up his Wifes car proves he has anger issues. Isn't that what responsible gun owners want?.. To keep the guns out of unstable folks hands? You said he was not likely to use the gun at his age... Would you put someones life on the line to prove it????
Market 6/13/2014 4:03:41 PM Report

@Hunter101:
"Police do not know the firearms act well". That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard. What makes you think any law enforcement is unfamiliar with the Firearms Act OR Firearm Safety. SMH
irishfey 6/13/2014 4:26:40 PM Report

Oreo... Sorry Cookie, I read the first part of your post wrong... But the guy was unstable.....
sootodayreader 6/13/2014 4:42:28 PM Report

There is no excuse for violence. That being said I read a lot lately of women fighting, and getting arrested. Seems women are getting more aggressive these days which maybe leading to more spousal assaults.

irishfey 6/13/2014 5:23:34 PM Report

HUNTER 101.. Concede pal,, you're out numbered ,lol
Pakadeva 6/13/2014 7:15:52 PM Report

Oreo cookie
Why would you just assume this idiot bought his wife's car? Haven't you noticed that most of the women in the Soo are working & can buy their own car? Why would you defend someone who drove without a license & damaged his wife's car intentionally? Also, what brain cell told you he would never harm anyone with his gun? Simple psychology is...when someone intentionally harms the belongings of another, it is because he/she wants to harm the PERSON! Next time, as some have mentioned here, could be a gun & wife confrontation. You're ok with that???? Really!
Working Man 6/13/2014 10:41:38 PM Report

What gave the police the right to search this guy's home in the first place? He drove his truck into her vehicle, so all of a sudden they get a warrant to search his entire residence? Something is definitely wrong with our judicial system.

The cops obviously do not know how to write a proper news article... This man did not 'threaten' to damage his wife's vehicle. He 'did' damage his wife's vehicle by bumping into it, whilst allegedly drunk and prohibited to drive. And he probably paid for the car in the first place! You all know that. Almost 'all' old men had good jobs before they retired.




Frio 6/14/2014 6:54:25 AM Report

Did you ever think his wife invited the police into his and her home and told them the unstable old coot with anger issues had a gun in the basement and everything else related to his threats against her? Under Family Law as his wife she is entitled to half of everything they own together, including his pension whether she ever bought anything with money she alone earned or inherited.
Jimssm 6/14/2014 8:18:41 AM Report

People are making a lot of assumptions about an article that contains very little actual information.


How about some facts so you people don't continue to make fools of yourselves ?

The guy has the beginnings alzheimers. He gets very frustrated and angry sometimes and also paranoid. He lost his driver's licence because of it.

He has owned the gun since he was a young boy. For many, many years it has been in the house, never taken out, forgotten. For some reason lately he has taken an interest in it ( a return to his childhood ?) and even bought ammo. His wife was worried and hid the ammo, which led to the latest dispute where he chased her in his truck and bumped her at a stop light.

Police were called, asked by the wife to take the gun (they didn't... but gave it to the couple's son) The charges will allow the courts to force the man to get the treatment which up to now he has refused.

By the way, the woman successfully gathered up all the ammunition... except the one in the chamber.
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